The City of Parksville had previously identified $15,000 in the 2016 budget to replace aging equipment in the spray park and $60,000 in 2017 to install the equipment and replace the existing asphalt surfacing. During pre-planning discussions with the Lions Club and a supplier of spray park equipment, it was quickly discovered there was insufficient funding in the City’s budget to complete the work. It was discovered during an onsite meeting with the Lions Club, City staff and an equipment supplier that since 2015, any new spray or splash parks constructed (or significantly renovated) require the submission of a construction permit to Island Health and structures and proposed decks and surfaces must meet current Island Health standards. Spray parks are treated the same as playparks or playgrounds and inspected on that basis. This includes inspections for fall heights, spacing of equipment and other aspects of the playground inspection program.
Taking this new information into consideration, understanding the standards and regulations imposed by Island Health and knowing the existing spray park requires total replacement, the City of Parksville initiated a process to fully understand the true costs of replacing the existing spray park which have been determined to be about $300,000.
Benefits of a new splash park
- Encourages fun, outdoor active water play for the youngsters in our community.
- Overall design features spray and splash elements for a variety of ages.
- Provides opportunity for safe, active outdoor play for all ages and abilities.
- Builds on existing quality regional attraction and enhances existing assets in the Community Park.
- Draws people to the community which assists economic growth and promotes tourism to the region.
- Promotes community and sense of place.